Volunteers at Cottage Lake
Volunteers are such an important part of our school community, assisting in the Main Office, Library, classroom spaces and beyond our learning community during field trips. A volunteer’s generous donation of time and talents enriches the school day experience, providing a helpful hand to staff and serving as mentors and models for our children. The volunteer training process is established in order to ensure that adults working within our community during the school day are approved to do so, having completed the Washington State background check, and talked with the building principal regarding expectations for interactions and protocols. The information provided is intended to help any volunteer hit the ground running, comfortable with all the options for volunteering and what to expect while on campus!
Involvement by student's families and community members contributes to a successful school experience and has a positive impact on student achievement. When caring adults participate in the education of children, students achieve better grades, have better attendance, complete homework, and show higher aspirations.
There are a variety of ways that you can get involved, including:
- Helping in classrooms, library, office, lunch room, nurse’s office, or on the playground
- Tutoring small groups in reading, writing, math, etc.
- Mentoring students
- Set-up and take-down for events and projects
- Listening to senior project presentations
- Scoring student writing
- Preparing materials in the school office for teachers
- Sharing personal talents, skills, interests or careers
- Participating on district committees or task forces
- Helping with vision screening, proctoring, etc.
If you are a community member (this includes higher education students and interns) who is NOT related to a current Northshore School District student please complete the following steps:
- Review the Volunteer Handbook
- Complete a Volunteer Profile
- After submitting your profile, you will receive an email that contains information on completing a background check.
- Complete your background check through Safe Hiring Solutions.
- When you receive your background check approval, please contact the Northshore School District Partnership Coordinator at email@example.com to set up a time to discuss the opportunities available in our schools.
Background check results will be reported to the District within 72 hours. Once completed, you will receive an email. Background checks can take 5-7 business days to be completed.
If you are unable to complete the online application, please complete a paper volunteer application (solicitud para voluntariado) and return it to the Northshore School District Administrative Center, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell.
To access the forms in additional languages, please contact the Northshore School District Partnership Coordinator at (425) 408-7673.
If you are a parent, guardian or relative of a current Northshore School District student who wants to volunteer in a school, we welcome your time and talents. There are a variety of opportunities including supporting classroom events, tutoring students and chaperoning field trips. Please complete the following steps:
- Review the Volunteer Handbook
- Complete a paper Volunteer Application and return it to you school of interest to begin your background check*
- Volunteers who plan to drive on field trips must complete an authorization form and provide proof of insurance to the school's office:
*If you will also volunteer at Kokanee Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Northshore Middle School and/or Bothell High School you will also need to complete the online application.
For more information on volunteering at Cottage Lake, contact our office at 425-408-4200.
Volunteer trainings are scheduled throughout the school year. Check the Home page for upcoming volunteer trainings.